Shephard's delight at first-team inclusion
11th October 2014
Liam Shephard revealed his delight at being part of the first-team squad for last weekend's Premier League clash with Newcastle.
The 19-year-old was named on the substitutes bench for the 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium as the Swans remained fifth in the table after a solid start to the campaign.
But it was a day to remember for Shephard, as the full back was included in the matchday squad following Angel Rangel's suspension.
And the Pentre-born product was understandably delighted to experience a top-flight game up close and personal.
"That's what you dream about," he said. "As a player you want to be at the highest level and it was great to be a part of the squad.
"It was surreal to be watching the game that closely, but it is ultimately where you want to be. I found out on the Friday, and I was both nervous and excited at the same time.
"Training with the first-team has been a great experience so far.
"The speed of training is obviously a lot quicker but that helps you to improve as a player.
"It's made me want to be on the bench more regularly and then hopefully get a chance along the way."
Meanwhile, Swansea City's Under-21 clash with Crewe Alexandra on Monday (October 13) will now be played at Landore.
The fixture was previously advertised to be played at the Liberty Stadium.
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